Building a Winning Team

Building a winning team requires more than assembling a group of smart or talented people.

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  • It means hiring people who will work well together.
  • It means fostering a shared vision and commitment.
  • It means physically bringing people together in formal group meetings for open discussion of broad-based issues.
  • It means encouraging positive, informal interactions between group members.
  • It means instilling a "winning" attitude throughout the organization.
  • It means watching for and quickly trying to reverse team-building problems such as jealousy, cynicism, and defensive behavior.

Get employees to "buy in"

To build the winning team, you have to show your employees what direction this company is headed in. But for you to be able to get there, you need to get people to "buy into" this direction. Otherwise, people won’t support you if they don’t believe in or don’t agree with the direction the company is headed or they don’t even know here it’s headed.

You have to present:

  • Your vision for the future.
  • Your strategy for getting there.
  • Why this is the best strategy
  • Each achievement that shows the team is winning.

Note that this is not a one-presentation or discussion. You have to remind your team about your goals, your bright futures, and what your company stands for.


Meetings or parties with as many members of the whole organization as possible, help create a feeling or solidarity.

Small group meetings are just as important as big meetings and gatherings for any organization. Small group meetings where some work is completed, some tasks are accomplished or some decisions are made, make people feel that they are an active and essential part of team, and not just some useless part a big group.

Key managers or people in your work group should have an "interactive" meeting once a week where you can talk about the work that needs to be done, and where people can give feed back on important issues.

Getting people to work together

Getting people to work together and forge interactive, informal and harmonious work relationships is perhaps the most difficult part of building a winning team. suggests doing the following:

  • Have (existing) team members take part in the hiring process of new members.
  • Assign specific tasks or projects to a pair of team members to work on together.
  • Create an incentive-pay plan based on common goals such as profitability.
  • Have a specific part of the salary review dependent upon "interaction with others."
  • Take your team off-site for formal meetings as well as casual get-togethers to build a sense of bonding.

Look out for team destroyers

These are attitudes or behaviors that can nip the team-building process in the bud:

Jealousy. Keep an eye out for jealousy every time you hire new team members. Do not forget to recognize older team members’ contributions or tell them how much you appreciate their work.

Cynicism. There will always be negative people whether you like it or not. Then there are those who might think that your company can’t prosper, or who do not like small companies, etc. Whatever their issues are, make sure to emphasize your company’s positive achievements to the team as a whole. Do not hesitate to confront openly negative team members and demand them to adjust their attitudes at once.

Lack of confidence. People who lack confidence take attacks on their opinions are attacks on themselves. The best way to sort this out is to end the discussion the moment hurtful things are said, have closed-door one-on-one meeting, and patiently point out the defensive behavior.



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